When we asked our readers to share the best ingredients they discovered in 2011, their answers ranged far and wide: Some were simple, like trying dried beans for the first time. Others were less familiar and even exotic. (Prickly ash! Sweet potato leaves! Fancy hot sauce!) And then there was one luxurious ingredient that got an extra amount of love, clocking in with more mentions than anything else — can you guess what it is? (We put it at the top of the list below.)
As we head into the holidays, it is always exciting to discover new ingredients and foods, whether for gift-giving or for the sake of trying something new. Come take a look at our readers' food discoveries from 2011.